Chocolate lovers here is a healthier alternative that will satisfy your sweet tooth and still nourish your body. Sometimes we crave sugar because we are actually lacking magnesium, magnesium is used in to regulate glucose, insulin and dopamine as well as about 297 other things in the body. A deficiency can manifest in an intense sugar craving especially for chocolate. This recipe naturally sweetens with dates and cacao and is loaded with magnesium as well as other key nutrients like anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. Check out what each ingredient brings to the table nutritionally. When I create recipes I try to be very intentional about keeping a really great, dessert like flavour but also use real whole foods that pack a nutritional punch.
This recipe works as a healthy dessert, or snack. It is freezer friendly, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegan, nut free and great for diabetic’s or people trying to lower their sugar intake.
This recipe works as an amazing post workout snack too because of it’s protein, fat and carb breakdown. It can help you replenish with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties it can also help you recover faster.
Dates – highly nutritious and naturally sweeten recipes, high in fibre and anti-oxidants. They contain Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, selenium, manganese, copper, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Sesame seeds – a great source of healthy fats, protein, fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.
Ground flaxseeds – contain healthy anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, lignans, and fibre. Fibre helps with regular bowel movements and can help digestive health.
Cacao powder – nutrients dense and adds a healthier chocolate flavour to desserts and snacks. It is loaded with magnesium, potassium and iron. Cacao is different than cocoa, cocoa has typically been processed and roasted which destroys a lot of flavanols and antioxidants.
Blueberries – high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamin C and A. antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to other health problems. The best way to reduce the risk of damage is to consume foods that contain antioxidants.
Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bites
Makes 12 bars or balls
1 cup medjool dates
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Place all dates, sesame seeds, protein powder, ground flaxseed, cacao powder, and blueberries in food processor. Blend until well combined and no lumps.
Shape dough into balls or cubes. Top with unsweetened coconut flakes.
Store in fridge or wrap individually and freeze.
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